Let’s all take a moment to thank the Euro market, “Lidl”, for helping to make the world safe for diversity. According to Breitbart:
German supermarket giant Lidl has been caught doctoring pictures of the iconic Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, which appear on some of its products, to erase the crosses which adorn the building.
Images of the world-renowned church were used for the packaging of its Eridanous brand Greek-style yoghurt — an in-house label which also includes a range of feta cheese, moussaka, and pistachio products, according to RTL Info.
A spokesman for the low-cost retailer — which has hundreds of stores throughout Europe and the United Kingdom — justified the Soviet-style alterations by saying: “We avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs.”
They added: “We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging.”
The rationale behind the supermarket’s belief that erasing Christian iconography from Christian religious buildings is “respecting diversity” is left unclear, and its statement that “we avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs” does not appear to be wholly accurate.
…The news comes shortly after Aldi — another low-cost German retailer — courted controversy by putting up a sign in a store in Northampton, England, advising customers that they could not purchase alcohol at a till manned by a cashier thought to be Muslim.
“If a colleague raises concerns about a job they have been asked to do, our approach is to try and find a solution,” a spokesman told the MailOnline.
“In this instance, we informed customers via a sign on the tills that our colleague would not be serving alcohol.”
This accommodating stance stands in sharp contrast to some Christian workers and business owners in the United Kingdom. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Good to know.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, let's talk "kashrut," shall we? Kashrut is a set of Jewish religious dietary laws. Food that may be consumed according to halakha is termed "kosher" in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér, meaning "fit". Kosher labeling is commonplace throughout much of the world, as grocery stores from east to west and in cities large and small are expected to provide food that is fit enough to be consumed by Jewish people in accordance with the dietary laws of their religion.
Maybe you've seen pictures:
Are you offended? I'm not. But obviously this does indeed "exclude my religious beliefs." So apparently Christians aren't the snowflakes everyone else seems to be, freaking out like vampires in a grocery store at the mere sight of a cross on a bread wrapper or a yogurt cup.
What I find offensive is that the only religion that seems to present a problem for the diversity crowd is Christianity. Why are they so afraid of the Cross? Why if I didn't know better I might suspect this is all part of a grand Christophobic conspiracy of some kind. But of course that’s crazy talk, right?
The Pope doesn’t agree with the President’s policies on immigration, so naturally, he attacks Trump’s pro-life values…?
LifeNews.com/ Sept. 11, 2017: During an interview with a reporter from Mexico, the leader of the Catholic Church questioned President Trump’s pro-life values because of his recent decision to end DACA, a program that prevents undocumented young people from being deported. Francis says Trump’s decision to stop the program betrays his pro-life views and devalues family.
In a half-hour press conference on the flight back to Rome Sept. 10 after a five-day visit to Colombia, the pontiff also said he hoped Trump would reconsider his decision to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
“I have heard the President of the United States speak,” the pope said, responding to a question from a Mexican journalist about Trump’s decision. “He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity.”
Francis said that while he has not studied the specifics of the DACA program, he believes “removing young people from their family is not a thing that bears good fruit, neither for the young person nor the family.”
The pope said he is especially worried about young people who become detached from their roots and lose hope in the future, even then choosing to commit suicide. “Young people today need to re-find their roots,” he said. “And anything that goes against this robs them of hope.”
However, president Donald Trump has governed consistently pro-life since taking office in January.
During his first days in office he put the Mexico City policy back in place that protects taxpayers from funding International Planned Parenthood and its Global abortion agenda. He also signed an executive order to defund the UNFPA, United Nations agency that promotes abortion internationally and supports China’s population control program. Trump then expanded the order to defund Internation Planned Parenthood beyond what other pro-life presidents had done.
President Trump also cut off funding for sex education programs run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business that bring young people into its abortion agenda and builds the abortion company’s clientele. He also signed a bill to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood abortion company.
Trump also put pro-life advocates in key places such as Jess Sessions as Attorney General, Tom Price as HHS Secretary and Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: I wonder if it’s possible for Pope Francis be any more in the tank for the Far-Left than he is now. For the purposes of this Remnant Comment, it makes no difference what one thinks about President Trump's personal beliefs on the pro-life issue. The point is this: A massive disruption in global pro-death politics came about in November of 2016 when a man named Donald Trump convinced pro-life, pro-God, pro-family America that he'd take up their cause.
Was it just politics? Who knows! But Trump rode to the White House on the shoulders of pro-lifers. This is why the Left hate him, because he convinced good people that although his pro-life cred was far from established, he'd nevertheless make their cause part of his cause, along with the core issues that have long defined him—Second Amendment rights, education choice (including home-schooling), appointing conservative judges, tightening up the national borders, making America user unfriendly to the George Soros, NWO, EU whackos, etc.
And so far Trump gets a B+ for effort, despite overwhelming opposition from the "conservative" GOP who've been lying to and exploiting the same group of voters for nearly half a century. At least Trump is trying to make good on his word to regular God-fearing Americans.
So, for the Pope to continue to blast this particular President while obstinately ignoring what's going on at the level of pro-life America reveals a positively Titanic Leftist keeling over of the Barque of Francis.
And for Francis to suggest some sort of moral equivalence between the slaughter of millions of babies in their mothers' wombs on the one hand, and the MSNBC caricature of Trump’s DACA decision on the other, is beyond scandalous.
Even if Trump were really planning to send illegal kids back to Mexico without their families (and he’s not, of course), this would not come close to the satanic depravity of murdering millions of unborn babies every year. I realize the Holy Father is no great theologian, but even he should be able to glean the difference between killing millions of kids in their mothers’ wombs and sending a few thousand home every year.
It's so obscene, in fact, that even those of us here at The Remnant who defend the Church's teaching against the separation of Church and State are tempted to encourage the Holy Father to begin listening to his own blather on the great merits of the secular state and the need to maintain proper separation from the Church. In the case of Francis, good idea! Perhaps the Holy Father could be persuaded to give pro-life America a break, in fact, and stay out of our politics altogether.
Really, Holiness, you’ve done enough. It’s time to stop talking.
Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio, Magnum Principium, a modification of Canon Law 838, which grants bishops’ conferences greater control over the translation of liturgical texts. This includes the power to make adaptations which the bishops deem appropriate for their regions.
Until now, Canon 838 (§1) stated that "The direction of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, namely, that of the Apostolic See." Paragraph§2 said: "It is for the Apostolic See to order the liturgy of the universal Church," but now the Apostolic See has the task of "recognizing adaptations approved under the law of the Episcopal Conference." (§2) In other words, the power of the Curia is reduced from authorizing to approving texts that are generated by episcopal conferences.
Paragraph §4 makes it clear that the pope has now given bishops the power to determine much of the Church's liturgical direction. "Within the limits of his competence, it belongs to the diocesan bishop to lay down in the Church entrusted to his care, liturgical regulations which are binding on all."
This opens the door, not only to greater liberty in translating liturgical texts, but to creativity in drafting their own texts and rules. The bishops of an episcopal conference can now decide that if the faithful kneel to receive Communion, receive only on the tongue, or fail to participate in the hand shake of peace, this could be grounds to refuse them Communion.
The new motu proprio also supersedes Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum, which dispensed priests from the need to obtain episcopal permission to say the Traditional Latin Mass. With the new ruling, an episcopal conference can now rule that the offering of the Latin Mass is forbidden in a given diocese, or in an entire country, so that traditional Catholics no longer have the option of appealing to Rome for help. The episcopal ruling is now Church law.
What we are seeing is a further attempt to pull the Catholic world away from the Church's centralized authority and have a whimsical free-for-all. Francis himself, on October 17, 2015, called for a "healthy decentralization" of power in the Roman Catholic Church, including changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops, so this latest motu proprio is part of his plan to execute this decentralization.
It calls to mind the subversive designs of Mgsr. Annibale Bugnini—the key liturgical planner of Vatican II and principal architect of Sacrosanctum Concilium—as he relayed them to Masonic Grand Master Licio Gelli in a *letter dated July 2, 1967: "The greatest liberty was given to choose between the various formulas, to individual creativity, and to chaos!"
Under the pretext of making the Faith more accessible to the laity, the enemies of the Church introduced vernacular at Vatican II for the purpose of rendering the Church secular and divided, as opposed to holy and universal. It appears that Rome is now going the full nine yards with this plan.
However, if holiness, unity, and crystal clear communication from God to man is what Francis aspires to, he will promptly scrap these modernist trappings and return the Mass to its original formula in the Latin Tridentine Rite—the formula which accomplished this perfectly through the centuries. This is what Pope Benedict XVI aspired to during his active pontificate, so why shouldn't Francis?
In speaking of the Traditional Latin Mass, Pope Benedict said on April 30, 2011: "What was sacred for prior generations, remains sacred and great for us as well." (Universae Ecclesia)
The irony of all this liturgical updating is that Latin—the very thing that modernists despise—is all too conveniently used as a tool to pull the faithful away from their Latin heritage. Perfidious documents such as the latest are published in Latin to make them appear "religious," but is this not Pharisaic? Vatican bureaucrats should at least have the decency to publish their revolution in their own Esperanto and reserve Latin for the holy things of God.
*This correspondence is taken from Andrea Tornielli's Dossie Liturgia Uma Babel Programada, that appeared in the June 1992 issue of 30 Days.
https://rorate-caeli.blogspot. com/2017/09/breaking-motu- proprio-magnum-principium.html
TownHall.com reports that Senate Democrats have attacked the Catholic Faith of one of Trump’s judicial nominees:
Senate Democrats came dangerously close to crossing a constitutional line regarding religious faith during an inquisition of one of President Trump's nominees for the federal court.
Senators grilled federal judicial nominee Amy Barrett -- demanding to know how her faith would influence her decisions from the bench. Barrett is a professor at Notre Dame Law School and a devout Catholic.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), expressed grave concerns that Barrett is a Catholic in good standing.
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country," Feinstein said.
It was an "Are you now or have you ever been a Catholic" moment - and it was completely disgraceful. I warned you about this kind of religious waterboarding in my book, "The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) interrogated Barrett over her use of the term "orthodox Catholics" - in reference to an article she wrote on capital punishment.
“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Durbin asked.
“If you’re asking whether I take my faith seriously and I'm a faithful Catholic, I am," she told the senator. "Although I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Yet another explantion for why the Christophobes hate President Trump.
Meanwhile across the pond, our friends at Gloria.TV/en.news are reporting that on September 5, Günther S., the editor of kreuz-net.at was convicted in Vienna, Austria, of an alleged "incitement against homosexuals", for which he received a suspended four-month sentence.
In a December 2015 article, Günther S. called practiced homosexuality “fornication” and an “anomaly” in keeping with Catholic doctrine. The judge in that case, Gerald Wagner, did not question that the phrases are based on Catholic teaching but nevertheless called them a “humiliation” of homosexuals and thus against the law.
You see what just happened there? Catholic teaching was just criminalized in Austria -- the once-Catholic kingdom of Emperor Charles I of Austria who was, by the way, sent into exile and eventually died in 1922 for his Catholic convictions.
Today it's the editor of Kreuz-net.at going to jail for publishing Catholic doctrine, tomorrow it'll be the editor of The Remnant.
By way of exposing the obvious double standard, by the way, en.news also points out that in February of 2015 charges were pressed in Vienna against militant gay protestors who displayed posters with the text: “Fist Christians?”. In that case, however, Austrian prosecutors refused to start an investigation, calling this "part of a pluralistic dialogue and freedom of speech".
Good to know!
Those still dismissing as "conspiracy theory" the fact that Chirstophobia is already ushering in a new reign of terror against Christians, evidently can't be bothered to watch the nightly news.
This "Yuge" victory just in from the Washington Post:
In major Supreme Court case, Justice Dept. sides with baker who refused to make wedding cake for gay couple.
In a major upcoming Supreme Court case that weighs equal rights with religious liberty, the Trump administration on Thursday sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a brief on behalf of baker Jack Phillips, who was found to have violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to created a cake to celebrate the marriage of Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. Phillips said he doesn’t create wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it would violate his religious beliefs.
The government agreed with Phillips that his cakes are a form of expression, and he cannot be compelled to use his talents for something in which he does not believe.
“Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights,” Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall wrote in the brief. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Those who say it's futile to resist may be giving in to a defeatist attitude that makes our Far-Left friends very happy. Let’s face it, the fat lady hasn't quite sung yet---(I suppose that's not a particularly politically correct thing to say anymore. But it’s said now, snowflakes, so here's to all the fat ladies out there who haven't sung yet. Keep up the good work, girls!)
So it made absolutely NO DIFFERENCE that Trump beat Frau Clinton in the last election? I have a hunch this Colorado baker might take umbrage with that. Do you blame him? President Hillary's Justice Department would have had Mr. Phillips whipping up brownies in San Quentin by now.